The polls in Atlanta are now closed and now the counting to determine who the next mayor of Atlanta begins. Polls closed at 8 p.m.

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Voters in Tuesday's runoff for Atlanta mayor were deciding between Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms. If Norwood wins, Atlanta would have its first-ever white female mayor. If Lance Bottoms wins, Atlanta would continue what has been called the city's black political machine, which has dominated the mayor's office since the mid-1970s.

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FOX 5 was there Tuesday morning as Lance Bottoms cast her vote at Fickett Elementary, then again when Norwood voted at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in northwest Atlanta. 

The two candidates have spent the last few days working to get their final messages across. 

Supporters of Bottoms gathered early Sunday, chanting "K-L-B." Senator Corey Booker of New Jersey joined the mayoral candidate after flying in to help stump for more votes.

"We've had a great mayor in this city now for years. It's time to pass the baton. And we don't want to pass the baton backward. We want to pass the baton going forward,"  Senator Booker told the crowd.  

Bottoms said she will work up until the polls close on Tuesday.

"We've always run this campaign as if we were 50 points behind because it's about getting people out to vote." 

The value of every vote cast is something both candidates agree on. At a rally Saturday, Mary Norwood talked about the importance of last-minute messages.

"We have a lot of momentum going... we've got great support out there."

Norwood was joined by former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin for the second time in a week. 

A challenge for both women is cutting through the labels. Each has tried to distance themselves from some big names, including the Mayor of Atlanta and the President of the United States. 
This past week, fliers circulated showing images of Norwood and Republican President Donald Trump. Although the city election is non-partisan, Atlanta voters are primarily Democratic. Norwood claims independence. 

And Bottoms, while supported by the outgoing Mayor, voiced her frustration this past week with being linked in any negative way to his administration's legal troubles. Adding, if elected, it would not be Kasim Reed's third term.

Monday, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston, two of the top elected officials in the county, announced their support for Bottoms. Both took office in 2016.

Get full coverage at FOX5Atlanta.com/YouDecide. 


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